A hotel can make or break your business trip. Just imagining 11th hour preparations without a scanner or high speed internet has me breaking out in a cold sweat. So does being stuck in traffic for a meeting when i’m on the other end of town. It’s the stuff of nightmares.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of excellent options. A good business hotel should strike the perfect balance between work, play and location and If you’re the sporty type, a good gym with forgiving opening hours for the latecomer or early bird is always welcome. To help you choose, we’ve handpicked the following hotels that usually satisfy the most demanding business travelers. Selected for their location, technology and excellent meeting facilities, they might provide that slight edge you need to close that deal… or at least help you get there on time.
Business in Shanghai usually takes place in the old business district of Puxi (the Bund) or more recently, Pudong. In a city with abysmal traffic and where being late for a meeting is an offence you can’t bounce back from, it pays to have a centrally located hotel in the appropriate district.
In Pudong, our pick is the Mandarin Oriental Pudong Shanghai. The hotel is located at the heart of Shanghai’s financial area and getting anywhere you need to be is an absolute cinch from this five star. All rooms are equipped with a writing desk, and the possibility of complimentary WiFi saves you from racking up a monstrous bill when going through your emails. If you plan on organizing a few meetings at the hotel, your partners will no doubt be impressed by the address and the sleek interiors of the meeting rooms which make quite an impression. 24 hour access to a well equipped business center is also available to guests.
Over on the Bund side of the river, The Peninsula Shanghai, wins our vote for best business hotel thanks to its above average business facilities. Step out of the airport and into one of the Peninsula’s fleet vehicles – Rolls Royce Phantoms or bespoke BMW’s – and the world is back at your fingertips thanks to Wifi and a VOIP phone with free international calls.
The Peninsula’s business center offers private working offices and extras such as translation service, binding and lamination, and Chinese typing among other welcome perks. In a business culture which values informal dinners, having one of the city’s most talked about eats, the Sir Elly’s restaurant, cannot be ignored. Especially if you plan on hosting. Fitness junkies will love that both the Mandarin Oriental and the Peninsula come with 24 hour state of the art gym facilities and pools to help you let off some steam and get energized before work.
Once again, the Mandarin Oriental holds its own as one of the best business hotels thanks to its stunning Nihonbashi property, adjacent to the Tokyo train station and minutes from the Tokyo stock exchange.
This is a country where being on time means being five minutes early and with a population of 13.35 million going about their business, getting close to the action is a sensible choice. But the Mandarin Oriental isn’t just about convenience. The hotel’s designs are jaw dropping and once you spot Mount Fuji through the floor to ceiling windows, it quickly becomes an affair of passion. On the business side, the Mandarin Oriental offers the possibility for larger than life presentations thanks to Tokyo’s first 360 degree projection room, a fully equipped business center with translation and admin services and 14 grandiose functions rooms. For smaller meetings where discretion is preferred, the hotel has dedicated private rooms available.
Last but not least, the Mandarin Oriental offers 12 impressive dining options, three of which are Michelin starred. In Japan, the importance of relationship building at dinner is as – if not more – important as a formal office meeting, and having this impressive array of options to draw from is advantageous. All rooms come equipped with a writing desk and thanks to our benefits, complimentary Internet as well.
If you’re in New York for business, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time in Midtown Manhattan. Considered to be the largest business district in the world, this borough of the Big Apple is abound in luxury hotels catering to the suit and tie warriors, so choosing a standout property was always going to be a headache. In the end we had to pick two.
Stock brokers and accountants paying a visit to Wall Street may want to consider the Trump Soho New York which is only a short 15 minutes away and offers excellent meeting rooms and a Trump Attaché (think personal assistant) to cater to your needs along with complimentary high speed internet.
For those who want to discover Central Park, the gorgeous Park Hyatt New York is a great option due to its easy access to public transportation that’ll take you uptown or downtown in minutes and offers excellent facilities when you’re there.
Business travelers in Paris have it easy when it comes to selecting their hotel. The busiest business areas are the 2nd and 8th quarters, both very central locations, and since the city is compact and has a great train network (unless there’s a strike of course) you should be getting to your meetings on time.
For a taste of French opulence and a location that puts you within walking distance of both business areas, Le Meurice, is a hotel worth considering. Found on the prestigious Rue de Rivoli and with direct views of the Tuileries Gardens, this French Palace is one of the most distinguished hotels in the world. It’s practical too. Our special benefits allow for complimentary WiFi and the hotel puts state of the art technology and grandiose meeting venues at your disposal. For the cherry on the cake, Paris’s major landmarks and chic boutiques are just a stone’s throw away, so even if you’re running on a tight schedule, finding time to squeeze in some sightseeing and shopping is something you can look forward too.
Alternatives include the Four Seasons George V with its excellent 24 hour business center (which includes secretarial and translation services) or Le Bristol Paris for its excellent Michelin Starred restaurant, Le Cinq, an ideal venue for those extra long power lunches the French are so fond of.
If you plan on cabbing your way to meetings, London’s notorious traffic will laugh in the face of your schedule and throw it out the window. Planning ahead is essential.
Those who will be making regular commutes to the City of London will appreciate the Rosewood London’s location in High Holborn which is only a 10 minute drive away. If you plan on taking the Underground, the Chancery Lane station is so close to the hotel you won’t even have the time to choose the playlist on your Ipod before you’re there. It also provides a 24 hour business center as good as a fully fledged office for burning the midnight oil.
Pc and Mac computers are at your disposal alongside with the usual color printers, fax and scanners, and if you’ve forgotten your headset, the Rosewood will happily provide you with one along with other basic office supplies. Also offered are translations and typing services and the possibility to have your report laminated and binded at the 11th hour. Getting around in black cabs and trains is good enough but if you have last minute notes to run through and need some peace, you can do so in one of the hotel’s Chauffeured Jaguar XJL’s available for hire.
If your business is the West End of the city and you’re looking for a quiet place to return to in the evenings, the 41 hotel, with its limited room count of 30 rooms and suites and central location is a charming place to let your hair down after work. For those want to stay in a more grandiose and spacious setting, We highly recommend the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park for its excellent business center and meeting rooms which should fulfill your needs. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so luckily, both the 41 and the Mandarin Oriental are close to some of London’s best shopping areas and of course, pubs.